The Best Audiobooks to Gift This Season

Just like that, the gifting season is upon us and, inevitably, the stress of finding the perfect presents. If you want to avoid the headache of packed shopping malls, that dreaded “out of stock” sign, and lots and lots of indecision, we’ve got just the thing for you!

With 1, 3, 6, and 12-month gift subscriptions to Audiobooks.com, you’re giving that special someone access to over 300,000 audiobooks at their fingertips. PLUS, you can recommend an audiobook with your gift so they have the perfect first listen to put their credit toward. Follow these steps to recommend a gift that will really speak to them:

1. Find the audiobook you’d like to recommend with your gift subscription on our website

2. Click the “Give as a Gift” button

3. Finish filling out the information for your gift

4. Complete the checkout process and that’s it!

If you’re not sure which audiobook to recommend, we’ve got you covered! No matter who you’re shopping for, you’ll find the perfect audiobook for them in our gifting guide below.


BEST FICTION AUDIOBOOKS


Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, narrated by Simon JonesMarin Ireland

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, perhaps the most bestselling and beloved literary fiction of our time, comes Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Set in Constantinople in the fifteenth century, in a small town in present-day Idaho, and on an interstellar ship decades from now, Anthony Doerr’s gorgeous third novel is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope—and a book.

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Julia Whelan

Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface.

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter

#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander series.

The past may seem the safest place to be…but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. …Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

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BEST MYSTERY & THRILLER AUDIOBOOKS


Billy Summers by Stephen King, narrated by Paul Sparks

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris, narrated by Aja Naomi King, Heather Alicia SimmsBahni Turpin, and Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

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The Judge’s List by John Grisham, narrated by Mary-Louise Parker

Investigator Lacy Stoltz is tired of her work for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct and ready for a change. Then she meets a mysterious woman who is so frightened she uses a number of aliases. Jeri Crosby’s father was murdered twenty years earlier in a case that remains unsolved and that has grown stone cold. But Jeri has a suspect whom she has become obsessed with and has stalked for two decades. Along the way, she has discovered other victims.

Suspicions are easy enough, but proof seems impossible. He is the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensics, police procedure, and most important: he knows the law.

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BEST MEMOIRS


Will by Will Smith, narrated by Will Smith

One of the most dynamic and globally recognized entertainment forces of our time opens up fully about his life, in a brave and inspiring book that traces his learning curve to a place where outer success, inner happiness, and human connection are aligned. Along the way, Will tells the story in full of one of the most amazing rides through the worlds of music and film that anyone has ever had.

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The Storyteller by Dave Grohl, narrated by Dave Grohl

Features excerpts from five never before heard demos performed by Dave Grohl and an original story exclusive to The Storyteller audiobook.

So, I’ve written a book.

The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I’ve recorded and can’t wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child. 

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Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, narrated by Michelle Zauner

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage.

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BEST NON-FICTION


Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever, narrated by  W. Kamau BellNigella LawsonLaurie WooleverChristopher BourdainJosé Andrés, and a full cast

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes view into the life of Anthony Bourdain from the people who knew him best.

When Anthony Bourdain died in June 2018, fans around the globe came together to celebrate the life of an inimitable man who had dedicated his life to traveling nearly everywhere (and eating nearly everything), shedding light on the lives and stories of others. His impact was outsized and his legacy has only grown since his death.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green, narrated by John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale—from the QWERTY keyboard and sunsets to Canada geese and Penguins of Madagascar.

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Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos by Steve SchirripaMichael Imperioli, narrated by Michael ImperioliSteve Schirripa, and a full cast

The definitive oral history of the landmark television series and streaming hit The Sopranos, packed with untold stories from behind the scenes and on the set. Stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa—whose Talking Sopranos podcast has become a sensational fan favorite—talk intimately with virtually everyone who has been involved with the show. And they’re ready to spill it all.

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MORE TO DISCOVER


Looking for Book Recommendations?

• Here are the audiobooks our members have been loving, along with our staff picks that we’ve been championing.

• Looking to share your love of books? Our handy Book Clubbin’ questions make it super easy to start a book club. Or, Netflix n’ buddy-read with this year’s book-to-screen adaptations (just be prepared for the perennial debate: is the book better than the movie/show?).

• If you’re looking for something extra, we’ve got author and narrator interviews to give you a gleam inside their worlds.

• For the curious-minded, audiobooks can teach you a thing or two, from nature therapy to personal finance. It can even keep the little ones busy so you can steal some time back for yourself.


New to Audiobooks.com? Get your first book free, PLUS a bonus book from our VIP selection when you sign up for our one-month free trial. Digital audiobooks make audible stories come to life when you’re commuting, working out, cleaning, cooking, and more! Listening is easy with our top-rated free audiobook apps for iOS and Android, which let you download & listen to bestselling audiobooks on the go, wherever you are. Click here to get your free audiobooks!

Prepaid Gift Subscriptions: Your Guide to Gifting

On the hunt for the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? Not sure which books are on their TBR (to be read) list? It’s hard to know which books they already own, which they’re dying to read, and of course, what format they want to read them in.

That’s why we think gift shopping is made a whole lot easier when you can give that special someone access to over 300,000 audiobooks by gifting them an Audiobooks.com gift subscription. Talk about a book lover’s dream.

With 1, 3, 6, and 12-month prepaid subscriptions to Audiobooks.com, you can find the perfect gift for everyone. Click here to visit the Audiobooks.com gift center, read our step-by-step guide below on how to purchase a prepaid gift subscription, and don’t forget to check out our frequently asked questions below before grabbing a gift that will really speak to them.

How to purchase a prepaid gift subscription (step-by-step)

1. Navigate to www.audiobooks.com/gifts.

2. From the four options (1, 3, 6, or 12-months), select the option you’d like to purchase and click the “Give this gift” button below it.

3. You will then be taken to a new screen where you can decide how you’d like to deliver the gift to your recipient. If you select “Email” you can either send it right away by choosing “Now” or you can send it on a specific date by selecting “Choose a delivery date.”

If you’d like to give this gift in person, then you can select “Print.”

You will then enter the recipient’s information into the “To” field and your own information in the “From” field.

4. Next, scroll down and enter your personalized message that you’d like included with your gift. This is optional and if you do not input a message, a pre-populated message will be included.


5. Below this, you will have the option of selecting a special design to be included with the gift subscription. The birthday and thank you options will always be available, and the third option is swapped seasonally.


6. Your final personalization is to include a recommended audiobook. This will simply be a recommendation for how they should spend their monthly credit and the audiobook will not be gifted to them. To select a recommended audiobook click the “Select an audiobook” button. A pop-up will appear where you can search for the audiobook you’d like to recommend.

7. Once all your personalization and information has been filled out, you will then click “Continue to checkout.”

8. If you are already an Audiobooks.com member, you can click “Log in Now” at the top of the screen. If you are not a member, you will need to create a FREE Audiobooks.com account by filling out the Account Information. You will then enter your billing information below that. Note: you will only be charged for the prepaid subscription and will not be signed up for a paid Audiobooks.com account.


9. Once your Account Information and Billing Information have been completed you can review this page to ensure that your order details are correct. If everything looks good, you will then click, “Confirm Purchase.”

10. You will receive an email confirming your purchase. And once your recipient has redeemed the gift you’ve sent them, you will receive another email to confirm that they have redeemed it.

And that’s it! All that’s left is for your gift recipient (or yourself if you decided to treat yourself) to enjoy access to 300,000+ audiobooks, extra listening with our VIP Rewards, and tons of other member benefits every month!

Already an Audiobooks.com member and purchased a prepaid subscription for yourself?

To apply your prepaid subscription that you’ve purchased to your account, simply log in and navigate to audiobooks.com/gifts and in the top section where it asks, “Have a gift code?” you will enter the gift code you received after purchasing your prepaid subscription, and then click, “Submit.”

Ready to get gifting? Click here to shop our gift center.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does an Audiobooks.com gift subscription include?

When you give the gift of listening with an Audiobooks.com subscription, the recipient will get one audiobook credit per month to select any audiobook from our library of over 300,000 titles. They will also get access to these member-exclusive benefits:

  • Extra free listening every month with our VIP Rewards program
  • Unlimited access to over 10,000 free audiobooks
  • Access to over 1.2 million podcast episodes through our free app
  • Exclusive Member Deals, family sharing, and so much more!

How do I get the gift to its recipient?

We’ve made it easy to get your gift to that special someone. You’ll get to choose between an email and a printable gift option at the time of purchase.

If you’re celebrating together, select “print” while purchasing and you’ll be given a custom page with the recipient’s name and the exciting details of the gift to print out and give to them in person.

If you’re celebrating apart, select “email” during the purchase process and we’ll send all of the exciting details directly to the recipient on the date of your choosing.

Do gift memberships expire?

As with any member account, credits added to a gift subscription will expire if not redeemed within 90 days. Once redeemed, members get to keep their audiobooks forever! All bonus titles, including those downloaded from our VIP Rewards program, will be removed from the account at time of cancel (or when the gift runs out).

Can I prepay for my own membership?

Definitely! Prepaying for your membership is a great gift to yourself. Plus, you’ll get a discount when you purchase a 6 or 12-month membership in advance.

Can I give a specific audiobook as a gift?

Though we don’t offer the option to gift a specific audiobook, we suggest giving a gift membership as a great alternative. You can recommend a book that you think the recipient will love, while ultimately giving them the choice of what they want to listen to.

If you’re looking for the perfect audiobook to suggest to a loved one, check out these curated book lists:

Can I add a gift to an existing account?

Yes! Adding a gift membership to an existing account will automatically delay the next payment date to be after the gift ends. To add a gift membership to your account, simply:

  1. Visit www.audiobooks.com and ensure you’re logged in
  2. Navigate to our gift center by scrolling all the way to the bottom left of the page and clicking “gift center”
  3. Enter your gift code and select “submit”

Once accepted, the website should navigate automatically to your My Account page and reflect your adjusted billing date.


Looking for Book Recommendations?

• Here are the audiobooks our members have been loving, along with our staff picks that we’ve been championing.

• Looking to share your love of books? Our handy Book Clubbin’ questions make it super easy to start a book club. Or, Netflix n’ buddy-read with this year’s book-to-screen adaptations (just be prepared for the perennial debate: is the book better than the movie/show?).

• If you’re looking for something extra, we’ve got author and narrator interviews to give you a gleam inside their worlds.

• For the curious-minded, audiobooks can teach you a thing or two, from nature therapy to personal finance. It can even keep the little ones busy so you can steal some time back for yourself.


New to Audiobooks.com? Get your first book free, PLUS a bonus book from our VIP selection when you sign up for our one-month free trial. Digital audiobooks make audible stories come to life when you’re commuting, working out, cleaning, cooking, and more! Listening is easy with our top-rated free audiobook apps for iOS and Android, which let you download & listen to bestselling audiobooks on the go, wherever you are. Click here to get your free audiobooks!